VW’s 282 MPG Super Fuel Efficient Car
The 1-Liter car has been around in prototype form since 2002 and greens everywhere have been drooling at its 282 miles per gallon fuel economy (or 1 liter of gasoline per 100 kilometers, hence the name). VW has finally decided to make more and sell them, and a limited edition (estimated in the thousands) should start selling in 2010.
1-Liter Car Technical Specs
The 1-Liter car (or 1-Litre, over in Europe) weights only 660 pounds. The body is made from carbon composites and it is shaped to be extremely aerodynamic, giving it a coefficient of drag of only 0.16 (the average car comes in around 0.30 and the Honda Insight had a Cd of 0.25). The prototype was powered by a 1-cylinder diesel engine, but the production model should have a 2-cylinder diesel, and may have a stop-start anti-idling feature.
The car has anti-lock brakes, stability control and airbags.
According to Canadian Driver,
“Volkswagen says the One-Liter Car is as safe as a GT sports car registered for racing. With the aid of computer crash simulations, the car was designed with built-in crash tubes, pressure sensors for airbag control and front crumple zones.”